Australia is an attractive destination for migrants. It has miles and miles of gorgeous beaches, wild outback, warm weather, and friendly people. And historically, Australia has been very open and welcoming to immigrants.
However, in the past year or so, Australia has begun to revise their immigration policies, especially in relation to skilled migrant visas. There are fewer professional skills that can qualify you, and the popular 457 visa has been abolished and replaced with two stricter types of work visa. Australia’s retirement visa program has also stopped accepting new applicants.
But though things are changing, don’t give up on your dream of Australian living just yet. We’ll break down the most popular ways that migrants are still receiving the visas they need to get on the path to permanent citizenship.
Employer Sponsored Workers
The most secure way to get started on the road to permanent residency is to find an employer who is willing to offer you a job. Once employed, you need to work for that same company for two straight years and stay out of any kind of legal trouble. Fulfill those requirements and you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
Note that this pathway only works for approved skills and your employer must be able to demonstrate to the government that no Australian could be found for the position. That’s the part that gets tricky. However, if you are in a career that’s highly skilled and has a shortage in Australia, such as medical professionals, you may be able to go straight to a permanent residence visa.
Professionals and Skilled Migrants
The General Skilled Migration program is designed for people between 18-45 years old with needed professional skills and proficiency in speaking and reading English. The skills lists, now called Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), are in flux. It’s very important to go right to the source to determine whether your skills qualify for this program.